After taking over from Monk in late November with the team firmly bottom of the Championship table, we improved slightly, managing to drag ourselves out of the relegation zone by the start of the January window.
Rhodes was punted to Preston on a free, and Nuhiu to Wolfsberger for 150k, freeing up a bit of wage budget and allowing me to bring in Curtis Jones and Aaron Connolly on loan from Liverpool and Brighton. I also called up Shaw and Rice from the u23s so I could send Bates and Windass back to their clubs.
We continued to climb the table, up to the heady heights of 14th at one point. We even managed to beat runaway leaders Fulham in London, but a disastrous last 10 games of the season (1 win 2 draws and 7 defeats) saw us finish 19th. Lucky for me the board only wanted to battle bravely against relegation.
Fox and Pelupessy were given new contracts, van Aken and Penney returned from loan and were added to the squad, while Fletcher, Forstieri, Odubajo, Hutchison, Lee and Winnall were all let go as my wage budget for the new season was slashed from by over 100k to 450k p/w. Not exactly thrilled with my 141k transfer budget either.
I brought in Josh Cullen on a free, along with Rhian Brewster, Herbie Kane, Angel Homes, Jonathan Leko and Victor Campuzano on season loans. The squad is looking a lot younger (and hopefully much hungrier) than the one I took over 7 months ago.
Decent start to the new season 2 wins from 2 against Boro and Villa. It took until the end of October in the previous campaign for the team to win 2 games, so here's hoping we can improve on last season's poor showing. The board are looking for a mid table finish, and I'd be happy with that. I'm here for the long run 👍